Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Lights Arise. A Benedictine oblate blog

Yesterday I visited the St. Leo Abbey church for vespers (5:00 pm) and compline (8:00 pm). After vespers I came back inside the church about 7:00 pm and enjoyed the stillness of the quiet church for about an hour.

There are many events to watch in a quiet church. One is the lights of the saints. The afternoon sun coming through the saints’ stained-glass windows located high on the church’s west wall is cast across the church onto the church’s east wall.

The Florida sun was getting lower in the sky in the west, but the light from the saints’ windows was projected onto the church’s east wall and those patches of light slowly got higher and higher. As the sun was setting the church was fairly dark because there were only a few lights on, but I could still see traces of the saints’ light high on the east wall as if getting ready to ascend beyond the church’s interior at the end of the day.

Each time I sit quietly in the stillness of the St. Leo Abbey church I am amazed at how much action and movement there is in the church. The light through the stained-glass windows of the saints powers some of the movement.

It is movement that is just beneath my ability to see while looking directly at it, but if I look away into the stillness for a minute and then look back, I notice that the light from the saints has just moved up a bit on the opposite wall. After an hour in the church — although the process is slow — there is great change from when I arrived.


Picture is "Kenansville,Florida sunset 2" by crossfirecw


  1. .....much like our spiritual life - "the process is slow". May you have a blessed Triduum and a joyous Easter!

  2. Happy 1st Birthday, Oblate Spring!

    Today the Oblate Spring is one year old. This site is the work of my cherished husband's heart, and the work of God's heart.

    From the home page of "OblateSpring.com:"

    "There have been 2258 visits to the Oblate Spring since it was launched on Easter Sunday, 2008. In the Spirit of the 1,500-year-old Benedictine tradition, we welcome you as Christ."

    May God's presence continue to grace this site.
    Terri, Oblate, St. Leo Abbey

  3. gorgeous photo...

  4. Amy, thanks for the comment. I have been in quiet -- just like the evening in the picture.